Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hobby Topic

This is our first post of many from our new series Hobby Topics. This is not so much a post for us to comment about or give our opinions on, this is your chance to let your voice be heard on a variety of topics in the hobby. We are leaving the floor open to you! So comment away! But please no language and keep your answer clean as we do have a younger following as well.

Today's Topic will be about Base Cards. 

What do you do with yours? Do you collect them? Are you a set builder? Do companies need to put more emphasis on them or should companies ditch them from products in the new era of collecting?

Let's hear your thoughts!


  1. Companies and collectors need to put MORE emphasis on base cards. This is fun collecting, no disappointment when you dont get a big "hit" in a pack. We need better designed base cards. Topps has been real lazy lately with similar dull designs. Collectors need to appreciate base cards and find a fun way to collect them - make up a set, be a team collector, collect your favorite players, etc. I used to make up sets and collect Yankees, not its Yankees and Jewish players, and the more base cards i can get the better. Put your cards sorted in albums by year and by whatever you collect. If you make up a set, you dont have to sort them by card number, its much more interesting to look thru an album of a set thats sorted by TEAM. Companies need to stop producing base cards without LOGO's, they look like crap. Collectors - boycott these!!! Dont let this become the standard, we need to somehow put pressure on MLB to give out licenses to more than Topps. Lets see some base cards with colored borders, base cards that are borderless, base cards like the old Stadium Club with no borders and super high glossy great pictures on them. Lets see great action pics on base cards, and a nice collection can be made up of just base cards with great action shots on them. Remember that years ago there were ONLY base cards and everyone loved them and had great fun with them, and reading the backs can make you very informed too. As you collect the new base cards, you may find that you will really enjoy going back in time and going after old base cards that interest you. Arnie Prichep

    1. Where i said above "NOT its Yankees and Jewish cards" that should have been "NOW its Yankees and Jewish cards". Arnie Prichep

  2. I used to be a set builder....but then companies started including Autos and very short run cards into the "base" set. So now if you put together a "complete" set it isn't worth a whole lot and feels like you went a "cheap" route. On the other hand to try to build a Complete set with short-prints and autos is a significant endeavor and investment....often costing much more than the set will ever be worth.

    I cracked a case of 2009 Sweet Spot (the last set I built) and still had to buy a ton of cards off-line to complete the "base" set due to the short-printed AUTO RCs.

    At this juncture I would prefer a smaller "base" set and smaller "auto/sp" list in the complete set to make it more obtainable to chase set building again.